Attitude of Gratitude: day 23-30

Where I often spend Thanksgiving is pretty rustic with no internet. The smart phone I got a little over a year ago has changed that for me and I'm no longer quiet as 'disconnected'... but it's still lovely to have an excuse to not check email or post to my website. These things are possible, but slightly annoying on a phone, so I practice my connection in other, more solitary ways. I take my camera with me and record for myself. It also means I can later update you on what I saw and was grateful for:

  1. Waking up on a lazy morning with nowhere to be and nothing to do.

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2. Feeling the sun and quiet while meditating without any of the pressure to 'get started with the rest of my day.'


3. A cozy fire in the fireplace and a relaxed study buddy.


4. Abundance in food and family with lots of love and laughter and nourishment and an awareness and gratitude for where this food comes from and everything that went into growing it and preparing it for me to eat.


5. Sun coming out after several days of rain, providing warmth and a different light in which to see things.


6. A walk in the woods and my grandma's stories of elves and gnomes and magic echoing through my head.


7. Messages left for us by nature... if we're listening in.


8. Familiar spaces and all the memories that go with them. A sense of history and connection without obligation or attachment.


9. Cozy shelter, surrounded by plenty of fresh air and wide-open spaces. Home and wild, all rolled into one - just the way I like it. And gratitude for the love of others that keeps it maintained and enjoyable.


10. Trees that teach us to root down, stand tall, grow upwards, bend with the wind, die to be reborn. There is something beautiful in how they stand and yet flow.


Coming out of this holiday and this month of gratitude, I know I have much to be thankful for everyday. I hope you had a wonderful celebration and as the focus now turns to gifts and giving, I hope you find it in you to give to those who challenge you, to love those you're not always sure you're able to (especially yourself), and to receive all that the Universe wants you to be open to. This is a time of unrest in our country. May we all be a listening ear, even when we think we 'know' and may we stand like a tree or a mountain, in the name of Love, when it comes to what is right.

Attitude of Gratitude: day 22

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Today was a long day of teaching and packing and driving. In many ways, it was a very surreal day filled with things that felt contradictory and not very settled. But I am grateful for:

  1. the students who came to class with love and commitment.
  2. Safe travels for us and others on the road.
  3. Plenty of snuggle time and a large, fuzzy head on my lap to keep me warm.

Attitude of Gratitude: day 21

Today is one of those days where the timing of things is never quite where you want it to be, and yet somehow, everything manages to get done. I'm getting ready to go out of town and there's always a list to cross off before vacation can happen. So even amidst all the to-dos, I made time to get on my mat for 30 minutes and slow my breathing - it helped! So did gratitude:

  1. My practices that shift my mentality from freak-out to peaceful, even when there's lots to get done.
  2. A quiet home practice with my beloved spirit animal to keep me company.
  3. The feeling of accomplishment and being able to finally cross things off my list that have been on there wayyy too long!

Attitude of Gratitude: day 19 and 20

A balmy, Saturday morning that turned suddenly cold and windy. A cold and windy Sunday with dramatic clouds and brightly lit trees.

I am grateful for:

  1. The beauty of nature that always brings me into a sacred pause and helps me hit the reset button.
  2. The honor of witnessing someone in complete vulnerability and the deep connection that can result. And how much more beautiful we all become when it happens.
  3. That so many people are beginning to respond to times of stress by carving out time for themselves.
  4. The freedom of tears and allowing myself to fully feel my experience. And the deep compassion and love that always already exist, just below the tears.

Attitude of Gratitude: day 18

Today turned into a busier day than I anticipated. It's funny how time can do that... feel like you have all the time in the world and then, all of a sudden, disappear and leave you wondering how on earth you'll accomplish everything you need to. And yet, there is still room for gratitude.

  1. This morning, I passed an accident and while there was a very small, mean part of my mind - the part that believes we are all separate - that was moaning about the extra time that added into my drive, this practice of gratitude shifted it pretty much immediately to being grateful for all the times I get in my car and get where I am going safely and without incident.
  2. The warmth of the sun and the lightness of the breeze on my face. I was outside this morning, hands dirty, harvesting food and I wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else.
  3. Butternut Curry Coconut soup... because, yum.